Alrighty, it’s time to talk about the last two episodes of Yūri!!! On Ice. Let’s do it.
Episode eleven made me tear up. This entire series has been about conquering that which you fear the most, and every single participant has done just that. It was so intense watching them head out onto the ice and perform in what would essentially become the make-it-or-break-it performance of the season. It was emotional and so beautiful.
The best part about this episode was JJ. The sheer impact of what pressure can do to someone, even the greatest talented individuals and the ones who have the best potential, never seizes to astonish me. When you are in a competitive sport, like figure skating, you are never invincible to the harsh effects of said pressure. Seeing it with JJ was quite bittersweet, and brilliant; the exact moment where I was moved to tears.
Episode twelve was damn near perfect. I loved the way it ended and feel immensely satisfied that things did not take the convenient route! Honestly, even if it take the opportune route, I feel like I still would have been pleased to an extent. It was very difficult not to be with how Yūri’s overall progression reached an ultimate climax.
Yurio ended up being my favourite character, which is shocking because I didn’t particularly care for him at the start. Yet, he grew on me and I was rooting for him more than anyone else in the whole damn series. Well, almost more than anyone else. The Thai character and what he represented was, by far, the element which I related to and respect utmost.
Now that the series is over, I’m going to take a couple of days to process my feelings and emotions on it before I present a review to you. There are quite a few themes that I would like to discuss, but in order to keep my thoughts contained, I shall narrow them down to one or two.
In the meantime, I would like to say thank you to everyone who suggested this anime to me, and who voted for it over on Twitter. It was so much fun to talk about it in an episodic setting, and even more delightful to have experienced it overall!